We got a phone call yesterday and it was Kristi.. she was driving through the backwoods from Sandy to Corbett after picking up Hayden from a sleepover at a friend's house.. and she saw a huge tree fall over the road right in front of her. She jammed on the brakes and the tree hit the electric wires, they broke, then fell across her car, scraping along the hood then the sparking wires brushed along the side, just inches from Caleb's face, the windows being down on a beautiful day.
There were branches and leaves and debris all over her car, a motorcycle rider that had stopped cleared most of them off the car.
There are a few more dings in this old battle-scarred survivor.
Kristi's phone lost it's charge and she asked 5 people if she could borrow their cell phone to call us to come and get the boys.. they all refused until the last woman thought about it a while before she let her use it. :-(
Look at all the scratches that the electrical cables made as they scraped across the hood of the car. :-(
All the way across..
And here is the culprit for all this unhappiness.
It was amazing how many people thought it was okay to drive under this log instead of turning around and going a different route.
The only person who stayed with Kristi to help her until the authorities got there was a Reverend who is the director at Menucha.
Do you see the hanging electrical wires hanging down? We were the first to arrive, we put the boys in my car and waited until the District 14 Fire Dept truck from Aims arrived on the South end and the Police arrived on the north side - they took a report from Kristi and then Dayle drove the Mustang with Kristi and we brought them home. Kristi was very shaken. To think if she was a split second later she'd have been under the log.
This all occurred in a remote area, see the moss on the trees? It was on Gordon Creek Road and we were right near the bridge over the creek.
We want to thank the Fire Dept and Police Dept for their help.
Here is Gordon Creek which flows into the Sandy River which feeds into the Columbia River.
After resting up from the excitement we headed over to our son Shawn's house - we wanted to spend time with them as the mover comes on Tuesday to load up all their household and they drive out early Wednesday - Shawn, the two boys, 3 German Shepherds.. and a cat. He will be driving straight through to Temecula, California. We also celebrated Michael's 16th birthday. Kristi made chocolate cupcakes, we sang Happy Birthday to him. Dayle and Travis had gone to Popeye's Chicken and brought dinner for everyone.
When we arrived at Shawn's house, his three really good friends were there to visit and tell him goodbye. The boys played with the dogs in the backyard all afternoon. Our little grandsons are going to miss their cousins immensely. I did okay until I asked the boys to pose with the dogs.. for one last photo.. and that's when it hit me.. they will be 1,066 miles away from now on. 16 hours of driving. :-( Our two older children have chosen to live near their spouse's family. We're going to miss these guys.
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I hope you have a wonderful week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)